Rein Taagepera receives University of California award
Professor emeritus of the University of Tartu, Rein Taagepera has been awarded the 2013-14 Constantine Panunzio Distinguished Emeriti Award. The award is presented annually to one or more distinguished emeriti within the University of California system to honor outstanding scholarly work or educational service performed since retirement. Prof. Taagepera was honored for his contributions to UC-Irvine as well as his wide-ranging activities at the University of Tartu.
Professors Taagepera is the thirty-second UC emeriti professors to receive the Constantine Panunzio Award. Professor Taagepera have especially long and notable records of research, teaching, and service to the University of California, his discipline, and community.
In 1970 Professor Taagepera joined UC Irvine’s Department of Political Science following a shift from his initial career as a physicist. He is an internationally renowned expert in political parties and systems, and the recipient of the Johan Skytte Prize, often considered Political Science’s equivalent to the Nobel Prize.
He formally retired in 1994, but has continued to publish, teach and serve both UC and Tartu University, where he served as founding Dean of Social Sciences. His combination of empirical and theoretical publications in addition to the outstanding academic leadership at Tartu University for the past 25 years constitute a remarkable third career: first a physicist, then a luminary career at UC Irvine as an innovator in political science, and then as the founder and sponsor of modern political science in post-Soviet Estonia.
The award was also given to professor Emeritus of Psychology Norman Anderson, UC San Diego. The award was established in 1983 and includes a $5,000 prize.